We spend a lot of time in our own personal spaces these days, from our cosy alcove escapes to our everyday workplace. It’s where we nurture creative thought, collaborate with others, and bring our inspirations into fruition – which means that having a workspace that is optimized for our use is essential.
Happy workers make good workers
If there is one thing we can credit New Age thought with, it’s the emphasis on worker wellbeing. The days of industrial stalls and cramped cubicles are over: make way for open spaces and a feng shui revolution. A happy workspace means a happy and positive worker; never underestimate the power of design when it comes to boosting office morale and productivity.
There are small touches that can enhance a workspace, such as allowing individuality. Personal clutter, such as family photos, makes a welcoming space and gives employees the chance to bring a little bit of home to work. It’s not enough to just build a shrine to baby pictures, though. Office plans are integrating bigger design principles that are being implemented in swanky new buildings and renovated loft spaces alike.
Open-plan design, with simple accents and partitions, allows breathing space and room for creative collaboration as workers can easily interact with one another. As technology becomes smaller and more mobile – with the exception of TV and computer screens – space-saving can be maximised. This enables private conference rooms to feel more open while maintaining a distinct sense of separation from the rest of the office; by minimising on clutter and using more media, seminars and meetings can be conducted without the chaos of earlier days when papers, books and pencils set desks askew.
Facilities is décor
Many workplaces transform the office to a home-away-from-home, providing a comfortable lounge, kitchen, entertainment room, and gym as well as a bathroom with shower so that employees can conveniently work in their fitness schedule as well as get some much-needed downtime during workdays. This also promotes healthy living: workers can shower after commuting to work via bicycle and keep healthy meals in the refrigerator rather than seek fast food alternatives nearby.
Some businesses are opting for exciting, experimental design, which not only utilises space and functionality but also reflects the ethos and personality of the company itself – popular choices include street art and sculpture, sleek wooden flooring, textured walls, modern shutters and elegantly placed plants and art.
Another key feature is sustainability. From overhauling waste management systems to implementing recycling schemes and investing in renewable energy – as well as freshening up the workspace with greenery, which has an immediate psychological effect – workplaces are more eco-aware than ever. Showing a commitment to the environment as well as maintaining full-featured facilities is one way that employees can be assured that their wellbeing matters.
The layout and décor of an office space is key to helping workers feel at ease and able to work productively. Easy access to resources, open space for collaboration and an overall welcoming feeling is the direction that all office spaces are working towards – and one that is proving to be an advantage for everyone.